Have you ever woken up, taken that first step, and felt a shooting pain running through your foot? How about when you go grocery shopping and find yourself leaning on your cart more than you’re pushing it? Heel pain affects most people at least once in their lives, and though it can be nagging, debilitating, and often simply irritating, it can be overcome. In this post, I take a look at the most common causes for calf and heel pain and what to do about them.
As a physical therapist, I deal with pain on a daily basis in one form or another. Back pain, shoulder pain, knee pain, neck pain, ankle pain… they’re all part of my daily experience. Pain is such a common experience for most individuals at some point in their lives, and yet the truth is that so many people don’t know the first thing about what pain actually is. Pain is mysterious, and for many of us, pain is actually completely and utterly confusing. I’d like to shed some light on the darkness, tackling the definition of pain one step at a time.
We know that for many of our patients running is a passion. The truth is, however, so many of those same patients visit us because of injuries related to their runs. Far from telling them to stop running, our main goal is to prevent debilitating knee/foot/ankle injuries BEFORE they happen, and to keep our patients as active as possible.
People often wonder what is the right thing to do when they start to feel the nagging sensation of back pain. Do you push through it going about your usual routines or completely rest? How active should you be, and can you still keep exercising? Often when people are in a good exercise routine they don’t want to stop and lose out on the progress they are making. So what to do…….?
Do you know what the universal language for everyone is? .............PAIN.
It is the driving factor which finally gets our patients to pick up the phone, read one of our FREE tips EBOOKS, request a consultation or finally listen to the recommendations of their family and friends and come to us for treatment.
For so many athletes or parents their greatest concern is how and if it is safe to keep training when they experience pain or are recovery in from an injury. They often fear of losing their performance gains and ability to compete at the levels they need to to qualify for teams, playing time, scholarships or recruitment.
Here’s a common sport injury scenario….
As Physical Therapists we have all heard it…….. P.T. = Pain & Torture, Physical Terrorists, it goes on…….
Occasionally, but fortunately not too often where I used to work, when I would first talk to a patient at the initial evaluation they were completely frightened of their initial Physical Therapy appointment, some even to the point of tears before I even say “hello.”- which breaks my heart......which is why I founded Perseverance Physical Therapy so you can have ALL your questions answers and fears calmed BEFORE you even begin therapy.
Are you wondering why you keep experiencing neck or shoulder pain that is so unpredictable and unrelenting?
It’s a foundation issue: the quality of posture & precision of movement patterns matters. The integrity of your spine its strength and mobility determines your overall health.
When you are seriously driven and passionate about exercise, health and fitness goals, and your sport, sometimes it is hard to slow down and recognize that your body is not functioning right. Or maybe your job demands, travel, remodeling the house, or commuting seems to prevent you from actually taking the time to DO something about the pain.
At Perseverance Physical Therapy & Pilates we help people aged 40+ stay fit, active and overcome mobility loss to be able to live the life they love without fear, limitation and depending on painkillers or procedures.
Yvonne A. Castillo, MSPT, DPT, CPT